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Sep 13, 2013


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Lisa Peterson
Director's Office


Yellowstone River Spill Response Training Announced


WHO: The US EPA, Montana Department of Environmental Quality and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company
WHAT: Spill Response Tactical Training on the Yellowstone River Contingency Plan and Field Exercises
WHEN/WHERE: Basic Oil Spill Training – 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Livingston – 9/23/2013 - Best Western Yellowstone Inn
Columbus – 9/24/ 2013 – Apple Village Cafe
Billings – 9/25/2013 – City College MSU - Billings
Miles City – 9/26/2013 – Sleep Inn & Suites
Glendive – 9/26/2013 – Astoria Hotel & Suites

Advanced Oil Spill Response Training – 8:00 – 4:00 pm
Livingston – 10/1/2013 – Location TBA
Billings – 10/3/2013 – Location TBA
Glendive – 10/5/2013 – Location TBA

ABOUT: The US EPA, Montana DEQ and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company have invited local emergency response organizations, local officials and others to take part in free Basic and/or Advanced Oil Spill Training at one of several locations in the Yellowstone River watershed. This training is a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) ExxonMobil is funding as a result of the Silvertip Pipeline spill in 2011.

This training will increase the ability of both the State of Montana and local government to safely and effectively protect critical natural resources and infrastructure during an oil spill. The training is one component of the SEP that also included assessment of risk, contingency planning, creation of the Tactical Response Plan and providing additional spill response equipment to the Yellowstone River area.

The Basic Oil Spill Response Training Course will give responders a basic understanding of the Yellowstone River sub-Area Contingency Plan (sACP), Tactical Response Plan and EPA Viewer, an online tool that can be used to gather local information to assist in spill response. Participants also will learn how to use response equipment such as booms and skimmers. This will be primarily classroom training.

The Advanced Oil Spill Response Training will take place at a river shore location and is designed to give responders hands-on training with spill response equipment, deployment and protection and product recovery strategies.

Members of the media are welcome to attend one or both types of training. Representatives from the DEQ, EPA and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company will be on hand to answer questions about the project.

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